UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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Not to be confused with Pennsylvania State University.
University of Pennsylvania
Arms of the University of Pennsylvania
Latin: Universitas Pennsylvaniensis
Motto Leges sine moribus vanae (Latin)
Motto in English
Laws without morals are useless
Established 1740[note 1]
Endowment $10.134 billion (2015)
Budget $7.25 billion (FY 2015)
President Amy Gutmann
Provost Vincent Price
4,555 faculty members
Undergraduates 10,406 (Fall 2014)
Postgraduates 11,035 (Fall 2014)
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Urban, 1,094 acres (4.43 km2) total: 302 acres (1.22 km2), University City campus; 700 acres (2.8 km2), New Bolton Center; 92 acres (0.37 km2), Morris Arboretum
Colors Red and Blue
Athletics NCAA Division I – Ivy League
Philadelphia Big 5
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly known as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine original colonial colleges.
Benjamin Franklin, Penn’s founder, advocated an educational program that focused as much on practical education for commerce and public service as on the classics and theology. The university coat of arms features a dolphin on the red chief, adopted directly from the Franklin family’s own coat of arms. Penn was one of the first academic institutions to follow a multidisciplinary model pioneered by several European universities, concentrating multiple “faculties” (e.g., theology, classics, medicine) into one institution. It was also home to many other educational innovations. The first school of medicine in North America (Perelman School of Medicine, 1765), the first collegiate business school (Wharton School of Business, 1881) and the first “student union” building and organization (Houston Hall, 1896) were all born at Penn.
Penn offers a broad range of academic departments, an extensive research enterprise and a number of community outreach and public service programs. It is particularly well known for its medical school, dental school, design school, business school, law school, engineering school, communications school, nursing school, veterinary school, and its liberal arts programs, as well as its biomedical teaching and research capabilities.
All of Penn’s schools exhibit very high research activity; it is consistently ranked among the top research universities in the world. In fiscal year 2015, Penn’s academic research budget was $851 million, involving more than 4,300 faculty, 1,100 postdoctoral fellows and 5,500 support staff/graduate assistants. Twenty-eight Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Penn. Over its history the university has also produced many distinguished alumni. These include 12 heads of state (including one U.S. president); three United States Supreme Court justices plus a number of state Supreme Court justices; founders of technology companies, international law firms, and global financial institutions; and university presidents. According to a 2014 study, 25 billionaires attended the University of Pennsylvania as undergraduates, the most billionaires of any university at the undergraduate level. Penn’s endowment, at $10.1 billion as of June 30, 2015, is the ninth-largest university endowment in the United States.